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Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife," due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Marilyn Monroe ... Ellen Wagstaff Arden

Dean Martin ... Nicholas 'Nick' Arden

Cyd Charisse ... Bianca Russell Arden

Tom Tryon ... Steven Burkett / Adam
Alexandra Heilweil ... Lita Arden
Robert Christopher Morley ... Timmy Arden

Wally Cox ... Shoe Salesman

Phil Silvers ... Johnson

John McGiver ... The Judge
Grady Sutton ... The Judge's Clerk
Eloise Hardt ... Miss Worth
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Steve Allen ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Bella Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife (1940)") &
Sam Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife (1940)")

Arnold Schulman  screenplay unused &
Nunnally Johnson  screenplay &
Walter Bernstein  screenplay

Produced by
Gene Allen .... associate producer
Henry T. Weinstein .... producer (as Henry Weinstein)
Peter Levathes .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mercer 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer 
Leo Tover 
 
Film Editing by
Tori Rodman 
 
Art Direction by
Gene Allen 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist (as Sidney Guilaroff)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
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Richard Raguse .... production sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
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Evelyn Moriarty .... stand-in: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
 
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George Cukor .... dedicatee
Dean Martin .... dedicatee
Marilyn Monroe .... dedicatee
 

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37 min (2001 version)
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Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Was an intended remake of My Favorite Wife (1940) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant.See more »
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Ellen Wagstaff Arden:Come on, the water's so refreshing! You know, after you finish doing, uh... you know.See more »
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Marilyn---What Happened After Famous Swimming Pool Scene?
Tom Tryon---When Did He Sign for "Something"?
Gardner Mackay---Was He Suppose to Star in "Something"?
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40 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
One Last Wink, 30 July 2004
Author: LeslieHell from San Francisco

Whether or not George Cukor would have made a good, sexy comedy from "Something's Gotta Give" is a moot point. We'll never know if it would have been compared favorably to its source, the very funny Cary Grant/Irene Dunn movie "My Favorite Wife." It would have to have been better than "Move Over, Darling," the mess it turned into after Marilyn Monroe died.

We don't know what sort of screen chemistry would have been generated by Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin (though if an actor ever came off bad with Martin, it wasn't Martin's fault). We don't know if the public would have accepted Monroe as a performer of significance for the emerging nineteen-sixties; each new decade necessitates weeding out what or whom isn't going to work from the previous one. We don't even know if this movie would have been entertaining or embarrassing, or both like "Some Like It Hot."

But thanks to the 37 minutes of footage that someone managed to find, process, and splice together, we do know a couple of things:

1. Though a little underweight, Marilyn Monroe still looked like she would glow in the dark; sexy, funny, tremendously likable to men and to women, and unlike any of her imitators. She drops a lot of the breathless affectations she picked up around "How to Marry a Millionaire," using mostly the sweet voice we hear in her TV interviews.

2. She missed lines here and there but Marilyn was touching and convincing as a mother of two kids (!) as well as a sexy wife. Nobody seems to be enjoying the famous nude swim scene more than she.

It's common knowledge that a few weeks into shooting "Something's Gotta Give" Marilyn was fired by 20th Century Fox. What too few people know is that shortly thereafter the studio and her agents were already negotiating a new contract for Marilyn, one that would guarantee her better material, choices of directors, and a substantially higher salary. A few upcoming projects that were being considered for her were "Period of Adjustment," "Irma La Douce," "Two for the Seesaw," and "What a Way to Go."

If you have a chance to see this 37-minute curiosity, do so by all means. It isn't much, but it's like Marilyn popping out of the sky, laughing and giving us one last wink.

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